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We were up early so we could get a good parking space at Lambeau Field for the shareholders meeting. Turns our we were up a little too early and were one of the first to arrive. No problem finding a parking spot. Folks started gathering in the atrium to buy products that were only available to shareholders. During the first part of the day only shareholders were allowed into Lambeau Field. Later in the day the public was allow in. Several years ago Lambeau was closed to the public the entire day and it was a PR disaster. Folks arrived with their kids and couldn’t get into Lambeau. Lots of disappointed folks.

More Packer photos can be found on my website.

The tribe was out in all of it’s glory.


Not a huge crowd and it was very hot out. We managed to find a place that was in the shade but as the meeting dragged on our shade dissapeared.

Last seasons highlights played while we were waiting for things to get started. That only took about 5 minutes.

Mark Murphy, President and CEO on the left.

Brian Gutekunst, General Manager, speaking to the crowd.

It appeared that most of the discussion was about changes to the physical facilities and the economic well being of the team.

After touring the stadium we grabbed a bite to eat at the 1919 Kitchen and Tap before heading over to tour the Hall of Fame. I have to say I was a little disappointing in the new Hall of Fame. I thought the old Hall of Fame was better and much more interesting. It looks like the took a lot of space for the Packers Pro Shop. I suppose there was a lot more money to be made in the Pro Shop than in the Hall of Fame.

More Packer photos can be found on my website.

Memorabilia from each of the hall of fame members.

Of course the trophy rooms.

Vince Lombardi’s Desk.G


My wife and I are stockholders in the Green Bay Packers so we decided to take a mini trip over to Green Bay to take in the annual shareholders meeting and check out the many changes that have been made in since our last visit. Our first item of business was to sign up for the complete stadium tour.

We were not able to enter the private boxes but our tour guide, Dave “Hawg” Hanner’s son, was our tour guide. As we exited the elevator he pointed out how the elevator operator was an expert on football and was probably the most knowledgeable person on the staff. He then asked the operator how the Chicago Bears were going to do this year. The elevator responded “Going Down”. He pointed out that a little old lady holds here weekly card games in here private box.

More Packer photos can be found on my website.


Even the Packers have to wash their windows.

Outstanding views of the stadium.

While not private boxes this seating options allows for outside seating as well as inside seating.

One last view from the top on the stadium.

We were given a tour of the visitors locker room. Hanner’s described how things operated. We were told that this was Bret Farve’s last locker in Lambeau Field. It was in the visitors locker room when he returned as a Viking.

We couldn’t visit the packer locker room because it was in use. Packer players have year around access to the facilities with three meals a day included.

Entering Lambeau field through the Packer entrance.


The boat crew said goodby to our home for 7 days and traveled by cab to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where we said our goodbys to members of the group. Dave and Sara caught a train to France, Lisa and Jim caught a plane to Stockholm and Linda and Phil stashed their belongings at the airport and caught a bus to Keukenhof Gardens to see the tulip displays. We found out earlier that the tulip displays in the fields were gone. The Netherlands has a couple of weeks of very warm spring weather so the tulips didn’t last long. When we arrived we found that the flowers at Keukenhof were still in full bloom. I can’t say enough about the experience so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

More photos from Keukenhof can be found on my website.

After spending the afternoon at Keukenhof Gardens we returned to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to collect our packs. We then caught a bus that we hoped would take us to somewhere near our Airbnb. We had to walk a few blocks from the bus stop before finding it. We were just getting unpacked when someone opened the back door. It turned out it the husband of the woman who managed it. He didn’t realize we had checked in. The woman was mortified and turned out to be really nice. It was a great place to stay.

This was our last day in Delft so we were up early to have breakfast and pack our packs. We deposited our packs with the hotel before setting off to explore. We soon realized that is was too early for the stores to open with the exception of IKEA so we decided to walk to IKEA. Visiting IKEA is something we do in every country we visit. My wife has a membership so we get free coffee. On the way to IKEA we passed the East Gate of the old town.

There were a variety of birds hanging around the East Gate. An Egyptian Goose was paddling around with her young.


At IKEA the dining area was open but nothing else. We had some coffee and a bite to eat while waiting for the store to open. It looked like quite a few older people were using IKEA as a gathering place for morning coffee. Great deal, free coffee and friends.


Our next goal was to climb the tower in the New Church. We had wanted to do it earlier but I had strained my calf and didn’t think I could make it up and down the stairs. I was better, so we decided to give it a try. We walked along one of the canals on the way to the New Church. We encountered this family of Eurasian Coots feeding. We had been watching a family of Eurasian Coots on the back side of the New Church hopping the would leave the nest. When we reached the nest it was empty so we think these were the former occupants.


On the way to the New Church we noticed this Canta LX. It is a two seat mini car designed in the Netherlands for handicapped drivers.

Fortunately when we reached the New Church it was not too crowded. It would have been difficult to get up and down the stairs if there were a lot of people around.


The views of Delft were outstanding. We could see The Hague in the distance.


My wife doesn’t like heights and she was hanging on for dear life.


After hiking to the top of the tower we stopped at a cheese store to purchase some Gouda cheese to bring home. We then picked up our packs and hiked to the Central Station to catch a train to the Amsterdam Airport.


We arrived at our airport hotel around 3:30 in the afternoon. This was the view out our window toward the airport.



Not wanting to let any grass grow under our feet we decided to take the train from the airport into town. We had noticed the french fry stores on our earlier visits but for some reasons the crowds at them were unusually large. I had never seen a store that sold only french fries. The number of toppings available was amazing


We wandered around town for a while taking in the sites on a beautiful afternoon.


I took this photo because it showed one of the strange design elements in Amsterdam buildings. The dark building in the photo leans out a bit. This is done because the only way to get furniture into the building is to hoist it up on a pulley (you can see the pulley at the top of the building).


After another 13 hour day we returned to our hotel in time to get a sunset over the airport.


We had an early flight the next morning so we skipped breakfast at the hotel and had a bite to eat at the airport after checking out bags. I was pleased with the selection.



Today we were up early again. It seems we are almost always the first ones to breakfast. Our goal for today is a short train trip to Rotterdam. I guess I hadn’t done my homework because I was very surprised to find a modern vibrant city. It is unlike any of the other cities that we visited with the possible exception of The Hague. The ultra modern central train station was opened in 2014 and in an imposing structure.


More photos from Rotterdam can be found on my website.

Our plan was to follow Rick Steve’s walking tour of Rotterdam but as is usually the case we were lost before we had gotten very far. We ended up following Coolsingel street for quite a ways. This is a fantastic wide walking area filled with trees and surrounded by imposing modern buildings.



Our initial goal for our visit was the Open Market so we walked along Coolsingel until we reached the Koopgoot shopping area. My wife can’t stand Burger King but I love it so I managed to get my photo taken. Unfortunately it was too early for lunch.


We walked down into the underground shopping area before exiting by the World Trade Center.


We continued on to the the Rotterdam Open Market. It was not as large as the one in The Hague but it was impressive and a market that most American cities would be proud to have. Of course there was lots of cheese and vegetables.


Seafood was also abundant.


As is always the case flowers were abundant.


There were a few dry goods vendors.


If you only had one place to visit I would say this would be the area. Much of what we wanted to see could be found in this small area. At the end of the Open Market we found the Cube Houses. We waked through the area. One was open but we didn’t think we had the time to visit.


Just opposite the Cube Houses is Market Hall. We were impressed with the open market but even more impressed with Market Hall. The market is in the center of the building and most of the windows you see on the outside of the horseshoe are apartments. You can rent apartments for long and short stays. Doing so would put you in the center of a very vibrant area of Rotterdam.


The inside of the building is adorned with an 11.000 m2 of artwork by Arno Coenen. The artwork is named Hoorn des Overvloeds.  The work was made using digital 3D-techniques. Producing it required a file of 1,47 terabytes and required special servers. The digital 3D-animation was separated in 4000 pieces and then printed on perforated aluminum panels which were mounted on the ceiling inside the building.


The basement levels house one of the larger parking garages in Rotterdam.


In addition to the spectacular ceiling the market also provides a wide range of food and many restaurants.


A common site in Europe are the chess sets on the street.


Also in the same are is the public library. Just inside the door is another chess set. It had attracted a crowd to watch a game in progress. the last shot is the checkout desk. It appeared to be self checkout and self check in.


The first shot is of the public library and the transit station and was taken from the front of the Market Hall. It provides a good idea of how close everything is. The Blaak Transit Station sits at one end of the plaza and is between the markets, library and the Old Harbor area. The open market is in front of the public library.


I wondered ho folks were able to store their bikes on the second level of the storage racks. This question was answered when the young lady walked over and pulled the unit down, placed her bike on it and easily pushed it back up for storage.

I couldn’t resist having ice cream after walking past all of the food stalls inside the Market Hall. After the ice cream we walked across the street to the old harbor area. You can see how close things are. The Cube Houses are in the background of the first photo. Lots of house boats in the old harbor. It was apparently laundry day because a number of people were hanging out laundry as we walk by.

We were walking along the canals in hopes of finding the ticket office for the harbor tours. Unfortunately we ended up in a dead end and had to backtrack. In doing so we noticed a crowd gathering at the Maritime Museum which was our next stop. On the way we encountered a number of hotel and restaurant ships. The most interesting thing was the floating hot tub.

We were heading over to the open air exhibit at the Maritime Museum when we heard a band playing and noticed a large crowd outside the Museum. Ever curious I decided we should go over and find out what was going on. A ceremony was taking place similar to the one we encountered on Remembrance Day when visiting Breukelen. After the ceremony we started talking with someone and found out that it was Remembrance day for the bombing of Rotterdam by the Germans. Central Rotterdam was destroyed and the decision was made to reconstruct it as a modern city much like some American cities. We were really fortunate to be able to participate in both the Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the bombing of Rotterdam.

After the ceremony we walked through the open air section of the Museum.


We finally found the harbor cruise line and purchased tickets for the cruise. We had to walk under The Swan bridge to find the ticket office. The cruise was an hour and a half on a beautiful spring day. As usual we wanted to be first in line so we could get the best seats but as it turned out there were not that many people on the cruise so we had the run of the ship. The port is the busiest in Europe so there was a lot to see.


After the harbor cruise we walked over to a little marina to check out the sailing ships. We also encountered an Egyptian Goose sleeping on the grass.



We then walked over to Ze Hielden Koers park which offered some nice views of the Erasmus Bridge and the start of the Parade of Flags along the Boompjes Promenade.

The views of the Mass River waterfront were very nice. The island across the river was largely spared by the German bombing and provides a glimpse of what central Rotterdam would probably look like today had it not been destroyed.


It was getting late in the day so we decided to walk back to the Market Hall and find a restaurant for dinner. When we finished eating we did encounter a slight problem. Neither one of us typically carries money when traveling because we pay for everything using our credit card. Unfortunately the waiter failed to mention that they only take Dutch credit cards. The waiter held me hostage while my wife had to go find an ATM to get some cash. This was the second time on this trip that we had this happen to us.


After dinner we started working our way back to the central station. We did manage to get lost on the way back. We took what we thought might be a shortcut but it turned out not to be. We departed Rotterdam about 12 hours after starting our journey in Delft early in the morning. We found Rotterdam a refreshing change from the large number of tourists that we encountered in Amsterdam.


Yesterday we were in Eindhoven. Today we took the train to Arnhem where the battle for “The Bridge Too Far” took Place. We were there to visit The Netherlands Open Air Museum. When we arrived we had to find the bus that would takes out to the museum. Unfortunately it did not stop right at the museum and we had to work our way through a neighborhood before we found it.

There is a antique tram that goes around the museum so we decided to ride it around once to get the lay of the land.

We stopped at the woodworkers workshop to see what was taking place. They make all of the repair items in the shop.

Lots of farm animals around.

This was an old barn that was turned into a modern home.

Interesting use of trees. The Dutch seem to want to control nature.

The pond in a center piece of the museum. It is surrounded by a drawbridge, windmills and other buildings.

This is a combination pisser and outhouse. Not sure if if it is functional.

Some kids were working their way across the pond on a small boat operated by pulling on a rope.

We typically don’t eat a meal at noon when we are traveling but we do stop for sweets sometimes. This was the town square with a restaurant in the background. They prided themselves in making Dutch Mini Pancakes covered in powdered sugar. They were very good.

The Farmhouse Zuid-Schawoude.  The cows occupied one side of the house and the cows the other. In the summer the wife would make designs in the stalls using sand and seashells. This was an indication of the family status.

My wife is a weaver so she wanted to talk to the weavers. We stopped before lunch and the weavers were on break so we returned after lunch. She was very surprised that the weavers were working with linen rather than wool. We had see so many sheep and goats in the Netherlands. When she returned home she decided to try weaving with linen and is now in the midst of a large project.

There was a large display for the laundry. It looked like a major effort. Notice in the last photo that they were drying the laundry out on the grass.

Unfortunately there was no one working in the blacksmiths shop when we walk by.

There was a nice transportation display showing how people and goods were moved over time.

We walked around the formal gardens which we found very interesting. Again the Dutch love to control nature.

The museum has a brewery and makes their own beer. I noticed hops growing. My grandfather used to grow hops on the farm until a disease started destroying the crops. We did some sampling and it was very good beer.


We had walked past the paper making mill earlier in the day but no one was around. This time there were a bunch of kids around and they were helping to make paper. They were really into it. They turned the wheel that made the press work.

Late in the day we felt we had “done” the museum and caught a bus back to the train station. Unfortunately we missed the bus by a couple of minutes and had to wait a half hour for the next bus. We had better luck at the train station. We walked out onto the platform and onto a train.



This was to be a special day for us. in 2008 we had a German exchange student staying with us. We had remained in contact but had not seen him since we put him on the plane to return home. When we started planning our trip to the Netherlands we contacted him to see if we could get together. As it turns out he was taking a semester off from school and was heading to Spain to surf. He would be driving through Eindhoven so me made arrangements to meet. We were not sure of the exact time he would arrive so we were up early to catch the train to Eindhoven.

This was an interesting trip for me because the area we were traveling through was a key battle in WWII. It was described in a book by Cornelius Ryan. “A Bridge Too Far” describes the attempt by allies to break through the German lines into Germany. It had dire consequences for the Dutch.

It was a Sunday morning and when we arrived the town was deserted. We did find a McDonald’s that was open so we went in to get some coffee and use their WiFi. We identified a couple of places we wanted to visit while we waited for our exchange student to arrive. It was still early and most places were not open so we walked around until the Philips Museum opened.

The Philips Museum was really quite interesting. A movie depicting the treatment of the Jews working for the Philips Company was most interesting. Since Philips developed many of the early radios and TV sets it was like reliving my childhood.

After the Philips Museum we walked over to the DAF Museum. Another interesting place to visit. DAF made everything from cars to trucks to military vehicles. We had a minor crisis while at the Museum. My wife had to change batteries in her phone and then could not get the phone to work. Since we were waiting for a call from our exchange student it was critical that we get it working. A young man took a look at it and fixed it.

On the way back to the Central Station we noticed these folks paddling down the river.

At the Central Station we decided to wait for the exchange student at the information booth.


We met up with Martin and then found a place for lunch. We caught up on what he has been doing the last 11 years.

We went for a walk and encountered the silly walk. It was based on John Cleese as a bowler-hatted civil servant in a fictitious British government ministry responsible for developing silly walks through grants. The last shot is another quirky thing we saw in Eindhoven.

They were working on the train tracks so we had to take a bus to Hertogenbosch and then catch the train back to Delft. The nice thing about traveling in Europe is there is almost always a way to get to where you want to go. A couple of times we missed trains and just waited for about ten minutes and there was another train.

We were up early again. It seems that we are almost always the first ones to breakfast. Today was Saturday and the markets in Delft were open so we walked down to where we thought they would be. Our first stop was the Delft antiques market. It was early and It looked like some of the vendors were just getting setup. It was interesting but nothing that we wanted to purchase. The antiques marked was lined up along one of the canals.

We walked through the main plaza and past the City Hall.

We found the food and flower market on anther street. My wife noticed the Stroopwaffles and decided to purchase some to bring home. Little did we realize that McDonald’s would be selling them when we arrived home. Of course there always the cheese. How I would live to have truckle of Gouda Cheese.

There were plenty of stalls selling flowers.

After walking through the markets we headed over to Central Station where we planned to catch a tram to The Hague. The nice thing about making Delft a headquarters was it was close to everything. On the other hand the Netherlands is a small country and everything is relatively close. It was probably a 15 minute ride to The Hague.

When we got off the tram we encountered this strange creature. There were quite a few of them. The Hague visitors center was in the public library which was closed when we arrived. We joined a long line waiting for it to open. Our first goal in The Hague was to find the Hague Market which is reputed to be the largest open air market in Europe.

This was the entrance to the underground. As you can see there were not a lot of people around on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m. We had to wait a short time to catch the train to the market.

There were a lot of flowers. It cost about $5.50 for a bunch of roses. I do believe this is considerably lower than in the United States.

There were lots of food stands in the market. What I wouldn’t give to have a market like this in my town.

The market also had a large assortment of dry goods. My wife found some scarves that were about half the price they were in Gouda.

After visiting the Hague Market we decided to take a tram out to Scheveningen Beach. It wasn’t really beach weather. In fact, it was dammed cold out. Not too many folks around when we arrived.

Not to sure what was going on here. It looked like some kind of photo shoot because everyone seemed to have costumes with them.


This looks like it would be a fantastic beach if it were a little warmer out. I checked some photos taken in the summer and it is packed with people.

Nice view of the pier unobstructed by people.

I didn’t check to see how much it cost to stay in some of the hotels along the beach but I suspect it is plenty.

We walked through the pier which is filled with shops. We really wanted some ice cream but it was just too cold. I didn’t see anyone else having ice cream either.

One of the hotels from the street side.

We caught a tram back toward the center of town with a stop at the Peace Palace. We also thought about some ice cream at the Peace Palace but it was still too cold.

We then took the tram into the center of the city and wandered along some of the shopping streets.

We then walked over to Hofvigver pond and walked along the pond taking photos. That’s the Binnenhof on the right and behind the seagull in the second shot.

We walked around Hofvigver pond and past Mauritshuis. This seemed to be a popular spot for selfies.

We then walked through the arch and into the Binnenhof courtyard.

The Fontein graaf Willem II is in the foreground and the Ridderzaal is in the background. Difficult to photograph the fountain because of all of the folks taking selfies.

We then headed back to the center of town to catch the tram back the Delft. We did find the center of The Hague a strange place. There didn’t seem to be any stop signs on the road. In order to get from one side of the street to the other you had to cross bike lanes, a road, tram lines, a road, and another bike lane. We finally gave up trying to figure the traffic out and just followed folks who looked like the knew what the were doing.

We were back in Delft in about 15 minutes. The antiques market  was still ongoing. Apparently it is an all day affair.


It was getting near dinner time so we worked our way over to the city center and found a place to eat.

We thought it was really cold out and we warmed our hands over a candle. We had Greek food on this night. The food was good but when it came time to pay we encountered a problem. We tried all of our credit cards and their equipment couldn’t read them. I was held hostage while my wife went to find an ATM machine to get some cash. When we travel in Europe we rarely carry cash and have never had a problem with credit cards. First time for everything.

After dinner we wandered around town for a bit before heading down the canal to our hotel.




We arrived in Delft in the middle of the afternoon yesterday and walked around a bit to try and get oriented. We had an early breakfast and walked over to the main  Plaza. We walked past a cheese store on the way. The Dutch do like their cheese ad do I.

More photos from Delft can be found on my website.

At one end of the Plaza is the New Church and the other end City Hall.

We found this Eurasian Coots nest with the adults feeding the young. As you can see they seem to make their nest out of anything that is handy.

Our destination was Delft Pottery where we wanted to take in the free tour. However, when we reached this set of stairs we lost our way and couldn’t figure out where Google Maps wanted us to go. There was a short walkway that didn’t go the way Google Maps wanted us to go. We finally gave up and headed back toward town using an alternative route.


A barge happen to come along just after we crossed the bridge.

We encountered a bride and groom standing at the edge of the canal.

A boat sailed down the canal past us.

This looks to be some type of pumper truck for septic or steam cleaning.

We wandered over to the Molen de Roos but it wasn’t open yet.

We finally made it back to City Center. I managed a photo of Linda at the Vermeer Museum.

We decided to walk over to the New Church and look around. We had purchased tickets that let us into a number of city landmarks. This is a shot of City Hall with a tourist taxi in the foreground.

We encountered the bride and groom again.

The New church was very impressive.

After touring the New Church we decided to walk over to the Old Church. I was confused regarding the churches because the Old Church looked newer than the New Church.

It was getting to be lunch time so we stopped by the Doppio Espresso for a little coffee and cake. It was very rich and very good.

We headed back to the city center and found the wedding party was still going on at City Hall.

At this point we decided we would give it another go to find the Delft Pottery. We noticed that it was located adjacent to the main canal through town so we walked over to the canal and decided to walk along it. On the way we encountered this horse carriage racing through town. We assumed it was heading for the City Hall to pick up the bride and groom.

We found the canal without any problems, probably because it flows through the entire town and is hard to miss.

The canal is large enough to support barge traffic.

We noticed a group of rowers getting ready to get some exercise. We watched for a while but they were a little slow to get started so we moved on.

There were quite a few Blue Herons along the canal. I was able to get quite close to this one. While we were walking along a man stopped and started talking Norwegian to my wife. She had her Norwegian cap on so he assumed she was Norwegian. She does speak Norwegian but it took a while to get her brain in Norwegian mode. The fellow loved Norway and was talking about his long stays.

A little farther down the canal the rowers caught up with us.

We encountered another barge coming down the canal. The bridge behind the barge is the same one we were at earlier in the morning and managed to get lost. As it turned out the steps coming down from the bridge seemed to come to a dead end, at least in the direction we were coming from. If we had just kept on walking back towards town we would have been able to cross over the road and take the path along the canal under the bridge. The Delft Pottery Shop was just a short walk from the bridge.

We also encountered the Villa Maria which is a grand old building. It appeared to be some form of Airbnb. Looked like it would be a great place to stay.

We were finally successful in finding the Delft Pottery Shop. We had to wait for a short time for the tour to begin. As it turned out a small group of artists from New York were also touring at the same time. We learned a lot more about pottery making because of the artists than my wife and I would have learned on our own. Neither of us has been involved in pottery making. The shop is a small unassuming building. They displayed some of the pottery they make.


We were able to watch the artists working on various pieces.

At the end there was a classroom setup so we could make something.

Of course there was the display room where we could purchase some products which we did.

Just after leaving the Delft Pottery we encountered a family of Egyptian Geese.

We retraced our steps back to the bridge where we got lost in the morning and then retraced our steps back to the Molen de Roos.

A couple of street scenes photographed along the way.

The Molen de Roos windmill is at one end of the main street in Delft.

It is a working windmill and is used to mill flower. My wife is an avid baker and really wanted to purchase flower from the mill but it would have been impossible to get it home.

We were able to walk to the top of the windmill and there were some outstanding views of the town.

The wheel is used to adjust the windmill so that it takes advantage of the prevailing winds.

As we neared the central station we noticed all of this cardboard. Apparently it was part of an art display. We walked past the same area early in the evening and saw that they were placing the display in the garbage trucks.

When we arrived at the train station we continued along the path and found ourselves at an underground bike parking area. This was amazing and it went on forever. In order to put a bike on the upper storage area a device pulls down so the bike can be loaded and then the user pushes it back up into storage position. The garage was full and there was additional storage outside. When we walked by there were bikers going in and out. I would have liked to go back during peak commuting time to see what kind of traffic there was.

Walking past the Central Station we found ourselves walking along the main shipping canal in Delft.

We found ourselves at the Royal Delft Pottery works. We didn’t think we needed another pottery tour.

We soon found ourselves in a rather nice residential area.

We found ourselves walking back toward the center of town. As we crossed over the shipping canal the bells started ringing indicating the bridge was going up. We almost got bridged. We decided to stick around and see what happens when the bridge blocks the streets. This was a very busy street for pedestrians and bicyclists. It wasn’t long and there was a long line of folks waiting to cross the bridge. No cars just people.

We followed one of the canals back toward the town center.

We ended up in the town square looking at the New Church. It was getting to be meal time and folks were gathering in the Plaza to eat. It was a relatively warm day. Most days in the Netherlands we wore that same clothes we wear during the winter in Wisconsin.

While we were eating we were also people watching.

After dinner we walked back to our hotel along the canals. It was another long day. It would have been interesting if we had kept track of how far we walked every day.